Emergency Food Distribution

Emergency food distribution

During difficult times, getting help with groceries isn’t about a hand out — it’s a hand up.

There will be an emergency food distribution, hosted by Care and Share, at the Pool and Fitness Center (202 Manitou Avenue). This distribution will take place on Tuesday, March 2, at 12:30PM-1:30PM.

Future food distributions will be held on Tuesday, April 6th and Tuesday, May 4th.

Spirit of Manitou Sculpture by Jodie Bliss

Spirit of Manitou Sculpture

This new piece is funded by the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority’s $250,000 commitment to public art within the Urban Overlay Zone, which stretches from the gateway entrance to Manitou Springs to the intersection of Manitou Avenue and US Highway 24.

This represents a small piece of the MSURA’s million dollar plus investment in the  Avenue Action project, which has recently completed flood mitigation, road improvements and expansions to multimodal access to the area.

Skeleton Craze 2020

Presented by the Manitou Springs Creative District (MSCD) in partnership with the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development, the event allowed an annual Halloween observance to continue. As a COVID-safe event, Skeleton Craze allowed our community to celebrate the season and enjoy the outrageous creativity and humor of our local businesses. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated and especially to our esteemed judges, who set out in costume to evaluate all the entries on foot.

Annie Schmitt, Kathy Minch, and Sallie Knox Hall served as the 2020 Skeleton Craze judges. The winners will receive Manitou Money from the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce.

1st Place and $125: LeGrande Accents Boutique

2nd Place and $75: Manitou Springs Real Estate

3rd Place and $50: Anna’s Apothecary

Manitou Paints!

Manitou Paints plein air painter

Join us for a socially distanced Saturday of outdoor art!
We’ve brought together accomplished artists from around the region to Manitou Springs for an art-filled day outdoors.
Come alone or bring the whole family to Manitou Springs, to take a leisurely stroll around our historic town, and watch
the artists create masterpieces!

Back to School Baby Dino Naming Contest

Baby Dino

 In honor of the first full week back to school, Manitou Springs Arts Council (MSAC) and Manitou Springs Creative District (MSCD) announced a Baby Dino Naming Contest for the latest art installation in the community. The winner will receive a $250 prize package comprised of a $50 gift card to Theo’s Toys and $200 in Manitou Money.

Gateway Guardian: Manitou Springs Arts Council Brings Beloved Bear Sculpture Back

Koyuk Sculpture

Manitou Springs Arts Council (MSAC) and Manitou Springs Creative District (MSCD) announced today that “Koyuk,” a beloved stone sculpture by Lake George artist John Kessler, is returning to the community as part of the permanent public art collection.

“When the Arts Council installed ‘Koyuk’ as part of their ‘Art on the Avenue’ program, the public fell in love with this gentle presence,” said Creative District interim recovery director/executive director Becca Sickbert. “We’re delighted to welcome back the bear to Manitou Avenue this week!”